Ronnie Brown, Interim CEO, Quartet Community Foundation 21 April 2021
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Interim CEO Ronnie Brown pictured above right with Deputy Chair Raj Kakar-Clayton
The last 12 months have been hugely challenging for our local charities, and our fund holders and donors have responded with great compassion to their inspiring work. This has allowed us to reach a significant milestone – since 1 April 2020, near the start of the first lockdown, we’ve funded 930 projects with grants totalling over £5m. It’s exactly what we were set up to do, and with your support these grants have helped bring communities together at a time of unprecedented need. Whether it’s been offering telephone support to older carers or delivering emergency food boxes to families in need, or hundreds of other essential activities.
The work continues at pace, as we have 16 grant programmes now open. 1,000s of local people benefit from support thanks to the great work of local charities awarded our grants such as Access Sport, pictured above. At this challenging time for local charities we’re really pleased to open the brand new Resilience Programme offering grants up to £10k.
We awarded nearly £1m in funding through the National Emergencies Trust (NET) to projects such as Kinergy, pictured. “And of course, the work of local charities is not over yet. Though the vaccine roll-out rumbles on at pace, the sector will need to continue to respond to the economic and wellbeing impacts of this pandemic for a long time to come” says General The Lord Richard Dannatt, NET Chair.
One of last year’s 930 grants went to the Jack Hazeldine Foundation (JHF) for Project Growth, offering outdoor workshops in The Orchard, Clevedon for at-risk young people. The £5m in grants is a historic milestone. But it’s the positive impact on local lives that make us smile.
In 2019 the Bath Half Marathon Fund awarded grants to 12 projects including Wheels for All Bath & West. They received £500 to offer cycling sessions for teenagers with learning difficulties. These sessions offer specially adapted accessible bikes, such as three-wheel trikes which give more stability. The Bath Half grant programme is open now.
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